This is not my first stab at writing this post. In fact, I’d tapped up a glorious post, very long, full of wow… I went into a glorious feline rant about how readers who do not buy any books in a series until the series is entirely done ultimately help make series die terrible deaths for fiscal reasons. (Like, seriously. If the authors aren’t paid for the books while they’re working on them, the series die and aren’t finished. If you want to see a series succeed, buy the damned books. Hold onto them until the series is done if you’re that keen on reading the series in a binge, but don’t act so damned surprised when a series isn’t finished if you weren’t helping to support the author and the series.)
That was basically a condensed version of the rant: if you don’t buy the books because the series isn’t completed yet, please don’t complain to the author if the series is pulled from production. Authors need to eats foods, too. And pay rent. (and we don’t even count these numbers in our costs to produce a novel figures!)
Then, as it’s been around six months since the female had evaluated the Witch & Wolf world, we decided to have a look.
We had to delete our rant and change the subject matter. The rant kinda incinerated upon the shock of what the numbers had to say.
First, you glorious bastards rallied in a subtle, evil (that’s a good thing) way. We’d been all ready with expense numbers: the $2,500 per book in expenses to produce. The $25,000+ in general advertising expenses to help bring the series back to life. Then there was the stress of the pirating situation.
Then there were the, uhm, less than stellar reviews on Inquisitor, which was admittedly the female’s first venture into urban fantasy, so we expect the poor reviews. She’s gotten a lot better at writing since she released that book in… 2014?
Yeah, we think 2014. Numbers are hard.
We really DO NOT look at Inquisitor’s reviews. Ever. Especially not the tortured dead turtle review from the boy toy of some other jealous writer who hated when other people have success.
Yeah. That one is a gem. I hope, one day, it erupts in flames and is forever lost on all sites.
(Don’t be that person. It’s just crude and uncouth. Really.)
|Beneath a Blood Moon||$7,389.38||1,816||0||524,457||9,855|
|Witch & Wolf Omnibus Box Set||$6,259.50||3,399||0||262,537||4,079|
|Witch & Wolf: Complete Series||$4,286.97||2,970||0||0||0|
|Tales of the Winter Wolf, Vol 1-5||$4,190.73||1,415||0||147,394||475|
Did you know, if the female had been paid for those giveaway copies, she would’ve earned $154,052.04? Yeah, we hadn’t known, either. (The female is playing with the calculator while laughing.)
Now, here’s the interesting thing: the standalone novels seem to perform better than the series books.
In good news, that opens Witch & Wolf standalone novels as a possibility moving forward. In bad news, that means the series books aren’t good enough for people to want to keep reading. (I’m looking at you, Wolf Hunt.)
Honestly, that’s the result the female expects. The newer books are just better books, but you have to get through the first two books first, and Inquisitor and Winter Wolf are not the female’s best works.
For the record: Karma and Shadowed Flame were the pirated Witch & Wolf books. We were not expecting these books to have rallied so much.
There’s just no excuse for Pack Justice. It just was not liked. Poor book. Don’t worry, Sean. The female still loves you, even though it seems like there’s just nothing we can do for you beyond give you a nice coffin, take you down to the river, and chuck you in. While on fire.
Please note that there was a long moment of silence while the female retreated to the corner and rocked back and forth for a while, likely trying to come to terms with this situation.
She has major issues with Karma/Jake. The piracy situation really burned her hard. On one hand, she’s delighted that there’s a lot of love for Karma. On the other hand, she remembers a little too well how shitty that release week went for her.
Also, it doesn’t help that the last time she started working on License to Kill seriously, her mother-in-law passed away. (Yeah. That draft was just flat-out scrapped. Human don’t care. She will not look at that draft evers again. It don’t matter she was 45,000 words into it. That draft is toast. Nope, nope, nope.)
That’s on her, and falls firmly into the kicking, screaming, child-having-a-temper-tantrum category.
Anyway, a few things.
First, we need to remind the human that the omnibus/complete series sets include Blood Diamond / Silver Bullet, and that counts! They’re not terrible. They’re just in box sets.
Except poor, poor Wolf Hunt… The female loves you best of all, Declan, and don’t you let anyone tell you differently!
Second, the female literally has an entire binder of Witch & Wolf standalone concepts she tossed in a storage bin when she gave up on the world in general. They’re still there. Maybe.
Third, you all better freaking love Dustin because the female loves Dustin, and Dustin could legit result in your Witch & Wolf fans being indulged more often with random standalone novels and novellas. Because Dustin.
Like, seriously. That’s how you get her to do more Witch & Wolf. Dream happily about them novellas and novels, but please don’t leave snide comments on the reviews of other books that you want more Witch & Wolf. That makes her want to light the entire series on fire and never write them again. Catch my furry drift?
The female really don’t like that.
(Side note: The female has been working on Dustin short stories lately. Can’t you tell?)
Fourth, It took two tries to spell fourth correctly, and the female’s back in her corner rocking, this time due to spelling trauma. Get over it, female! It’s not that big of a deal.
First number after fourth, yes, yes, she’ll get over it and work on License to Kill eventually. And she’ll even do stuff for that poor slackass Sean. (Because she does want those finished and off her plate.)
Second number after fourth, no, the Witch & Wolf main series will not continue despite these pretty numbers. The Edge of Midnight will complete the main arc, and that’s that. It was designed that way from Wolf Hunt’s conception. The Edge of Midnight is a good final resting place for the main series as a whole. (Sorry, humans. You will have to cry into your beverage of choice and cope. All series come to an end, and seven books is a very good number for the main Witch & Wolf story line.)
Third number after fourth, nothing is even being considered for this until 2020 because the female is really not going to stress over projects in 2020 except for Grave Humor in May 2020, k?
We are all sorts of serious about this. Female will be all sorts of relaxed and working on happy projects in 2020. (Originally 20202, because she needs a 18,182 year vacation apparently.)
We lost the point in that mess somewhere.
So, why did we pick the image of the female’s Faith Hunter shrine? Simple. The female loves Faith. That’s all.
Annnnnnyway, unexpected result was unexpected, and we do not know yet, at this point in time, what it will mean for Witch & Wolf moving forward, beyond the basic fact it won’t be completely dead. It just won’t happen in the way some fans might like. (Seriously. The Edge of Midnight is the END of the main series. She plotted it to end there, and it ends there. It is done then. Forevers! But you might get standalone novels of the shenanigans and adventures of old and new characters.)
You all are freakin’ book ninjas. This kitty approves.
Now, for a trip down memory lane. Here is a picture of Tia the Majestic for your enjoyment. (Look! The female isn’t even bawling her eyes out! I’m good feline therapy when I’m not hiding under the bed like a dunce.)
Tia really loved her daddy very much, and she enjoyed holding his hand when he used his computer.